Today’s amusing story from Paisley is an example of Scottish football and its shocking bitterness and backwards nature.
St Mirren, as most of you will know, cut Rangers’ allocation at St Mirren Stadium some time back to just one stand (Celtic too) having traditionally given the Famous half of the stadium, which was always jam-packed.
But they changed their mind, and cut it to just one, despite the fact they struggled to fill the two remaining stands regardless.
St Mirren are now asking fans, who don’t even show up, to donate £30 each to lessen the loss of the Blue Pound, despite the comical irony those supporters were eager for this scheme in the first place (!)
Think back to 2012, and the bitterness towards Rangers – every side aside the Famous voted for Rangers to be exiled to the Third Division apart from Kilmarnock, who abstained, in a classic act of cutting your nose off to spite your face.
The amount of clubs which fell into deep financial turmoil as a result of this decision (no Rangers fans at their home games twice a season) cannot be overstated.
So, St Mirren, who voted for Rangers to be exiled, and like most other clubs suffered financial trauma as a result, have now done it willingly again, and included Celtic in it this time, abolishing that extra stand.
And now the Paisley club find themselves in total shortfall, cap in hand, begging their fans to just ‘give’ them £30 a pop.
Have you ever heard of anything more ridiculous?
This is Scottish football in a nutshell.
The lunatics very much run the asylum.